I love the patina of an old map. There is something about the naturally aged paper that just gives off a feeling of a time gone by. To find really old, beautiful maps can be difficult and pricey. I really wanted to give my recent project (see the full tutorial HERE) the feeling of an antique, so I altered the finish slightly.
The technique I used is really simple but does require a few items from the craft store.Supplies needed: map, fine grit sandpaper 220-Grit, and
Tuskineko 2-Ounce Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution Spray
The colors in a new poster are fairly “bright,” so use the fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the paper.
Don’t overdo it! You don’t want to make a hole in the paper, just take the edge off the color. 🙂
I used two different antique solutions, but one would work just fine. If you’ve never used these before be sure to practice on a scrap piece of paper first. The key is to just mist the paper. DO NOT WIPE the solution off. Lightly dab the excess solution with a paper towel and it will give you the effect of paper aged over time.
This is really easy to do and fairly inexpensive. The antiquing solution can be a little pricey, but it lasts a long time. I think I purchased mine from Micheal’s, so you can always use a coupon and get it for at least 40% off.
If you have another way you like to distress/antique paper, I’d love to know about it! Just leave a comment.
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